French: Starique minuscule German: Zwergalk Spanish: Mérgulo mínimo
Chukotskiy Peninsula S to Sea of Okhotsk (Yamskiye I, Iony I) and C Kuril Is, and W Alaska from Diomede Is S to Aleutians and E to NW Gulf of Alaska (Shumagin Is and Semidi Is). Winters at sea and along coasts in Bering Sea, often near breeding areas, from N limits of open water S to Gulf of Alaska and N Japan (Hokkaido).
12–15 cm; c. 85 g; wingspan 33–36 cm. Smallest alcid; short, dull red bill with narrow pale tip and blackish base, small horny knob from base of upper mandible;... read more
Generally silent at sea. At breeding colonies quite vocal, calling in daytime from nesting cliffs.... read more
Marine offshore and along coasts. Breeds on remote islands and sea coasts in talus slopes, beach... read more
Food and feeding
Forages on planktonic crustaceans near-shore to offshore throughout year, almost always in large flocks and at open ocean locations with... read more
Spring arrival at colonies variable, earliest towards extreme S, latest at N limit: late Apr to early May in Aleutians, early to mid May at... read more
Migratory movements and winter range poorly known. Normally departs from colonies Aug to early Sept... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). The size of the breeding population is very imprecisely known, given difficulty of censusing often very large colonies, but is... read more
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